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Get ready for summer with food to restore your natural glow

With summer almost upon us sun exposure is often considered the key factor in ageing skin. While it is certainly a major player in the ageing process, the food we eat also makes changes to our skin at the cellular level. As a result, it’s generally the first organ in the body to show signs of deficiency and ageing.
Diet can make a big difference not only to how you feel, but to how you look, and choosing to eat select seasonal foods that are genetically designed to provide the vitamins and minerals you need at certain times of year can help restore your natural glow. Here are our top suggestions for seasonal produce that will enhance your skin this summer:
Watermelon: At around 90% water, this delicious melon is ideal for summer rehydration. It is also packed with Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which is important for both collagen production and mopping up free-radicals that cause the signs of ageing.
Nectarines: not only renowned for cancer prevention and heart health, the Vitamin C in nectarines is recognised for collagen production and strengthening tissues. They are also full of lycopene, lutein, niacin, copper, and vitamins A and E. Together, vitamins A, C and E work in combination to eliminate free radicals and manage inflammation in the skin.
Avocado: Thankfully we’ve well moved past the myth that the fat in avocados isn’t good for you. Today people are much savvier about the benefits of monounsaturated fatty acids, including their role in fighting UV damage to the skin. Avocados are also effective in calming inflammation and supporting skin elasticity.
Citrus fruits: there’s not much more refreshing that a fresh, juicy orange on a warm day, so next time you’re enjoying this sweet fruit treat you can also enjoy the benefits it has for your skin. Like nectarines citrus fruits such as oranges are packed with Vitamin C and amino acids, which play a role in the production of collagen and keep skin looking supple and strong.  
Courgette: Courgettes, like watermelons, are full of water and fantastic for hydrating the body during the warmer weather. They’re also high in vitamins A, B complex and C vitamins that fight free radicals and inflammation to protect skin from the signs of ageing.
Dark Chocolate: dark chocolate is made from the cocoa seeds which are recognised as one of the best sources of antioxidants available, vital in the fight against free radicals and the effects of ageing on the skin. While dark chocolate should only be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar content, as a treat it is highly nutritious and contains even more polyphenols and flavanols than blueberries and Acai berries, which are known as antioxidant superfoods. Dark chocolate also contains anti-inflammatory properties which are useful in the management of skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
This post appeared first in the Bee Loved Skincare blog.

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